Hands On Algebra  

Building on the Sierra STEM Collaborative’s earlier work with the National Science Foundation to infuse math into the Tech-Explorer catapult project, new professional development will be offered in fall 2013. Math teachers will use a modified version of the catapult to teach hands on algebra. Sierra STEM Hands-on Algebra flyer Find class materials using the “Materials” tab above.

Hands On Algebra Workshop Series in Fall of 2013

Five New Lessons to Engage your Students

Save these dates:

  • August 23   (Friday)
  • September 6 (Friday)
  • September 20 (Friday)
  • October 4 (Friday)

What:     Training to deliver five applied algebra lessons on quadratic functions

Who:       Teachers of Algebra I, Algebra II (early review stage), or a technical education course

When:    4PM light dinner and 4:30 – 7:30PM Interactive Workshops

Where: Placer COE Annex, Nobili Room (365 Nevada Street, Auburn) – August 23 & September 6
                  Placer COE Main, Burns Room (360 Nevada Street, Auburn) – September 20 & October 4

This applied algebra unit helps students create connections between algebraic principles, concepts, and skills and real world applications in the fields of Science, Technology, and Engineering (STEM).  Through the use of mathematical practices connected to Common Core State Math Standards, students learn to demonstrate conceptual understanding of key algebraic concepts. The demonstrations, experiments, and projects in this unit assist students to apply math concepts and calculations through experiential learning to anchor their math knowledge.

The curriculum is designed for student exploration of quadratic functions through graphing, factoring, and transformation.  A culminating activity involves building and launching a projectile from a catapult, collecting data, and writing a corresponding function.  The curriculum challenges students to analyze and synthesize data in order to make predictions and test hypotheses.